BBC Radio 1 held their first Academy event at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne last week. The Academy events are part of the run up to the Big Weekend at Powderham Castle on 28-29 May.
Radio 1 DJ Dev hosted the ‘Day in the Life of Radio 1’ session which featured a team from the radio station. The audience of budding radio stars, including local teenagers and presenters from Hannahs radio station Access All Aerials, were given an insight into how to break into radio broadcasting.
Dev gave the audience an insight into what it takes to work in radio and how to get into the industry. He said “Probably the advice I can give you is to just be yourself. People want to get to know you and your personality. I am particularly proud of achieving success from my own personality. It might seem clichéd but it is all just about being yourself.”
Dev was joined by Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 1, who said that a passion for the industry and for music was vital in getting into the industry. He added that as well as having a personality, being able to utilise social media effectively, edit videos and understand the needs of the audience were important skills for anyone wanting a career in the radio industry.
Dev and his colleagues also talked about how they got started in the business, what makes a good radio show and some of their best and worst moments on air. Cllr Jeremy Christophers, leader of Teignbridge Council, was also present and said: “It was great to see young people engaging with the future and for the council to be a part of that. Things like this make a major contribution in getting young people inspired.”
Hannah Moon, Head of Marketing and Events at Hannahs, said: “It was a great opportunity for all our young people to have a chance to be part of something exciting like this. We have our own radio station here and the motivation given to them by Dev and the team is something that they will take away and won’t forget. It was a special and inspiring day.”
Afterwards, members of Hannahs’ Access All Aerials team had the chance to interview Dev on their own radio station. Interviewer Rowan Ford said “Dev is one of my idols and it was a huge privilege to talk to him live on AAA. The chance to interview someone famous was really exciting. It’s not every day that we have a professional DJ coming to our radio station”.